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NewsFriday, August 26, 2011
The College's Early Childhood Development Advisory Committee was named the Advisory Committee of the Year at fall convocation. Here, President Ronnie L. Booth presents advisory committee member Sharon Hwu with the trophy.
Early Childhood Development Named Advisory Committee of the Year
CONTACT: DR. HARRIETTE DUDLEY, 646-2038
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8/23/2011
(By Lisa Garrett)
PENDLETON -- The work of Tri-County Technical College's Early Childhood Development (ECD) Advisory Committee members, both in the classroom and the community, earned them the distinction of advisory committee of the year.
Public Services Department Head and ECD instructor Dr. Harriette Dudley and Advisory Committee member Sharon Hwu accepted the trophy and plaque on behalf of the committee. ECD Program Coordinator Debra Nodine also was present to receive the award.
The Advisory Board, consisting of leaders and teachers in child care centers, schools and organizations, meets regularly to evaluate and to develop the curriculum and to serve as consultants to the department head.
The Early Childhood Development program is designed to prepare those entering the field of child care or those currently employed but seeking additional training. Graduates are employed as teachers in public and private early care settings, family day care homes and as teacher assistants in public schools.
The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
"Our committee is so dedicated to getting the word out about how important education is in the field of Early Childhood Development," said Dr. Dudley. "We couldn't have done it all without this great group of people. They have a wonderful vision of what they want for the curriculum and the profession."
Dr. Dudley commended the committee's work this year, which included partnering with Clemson University's Early Childhood program to co-sponsor/host a professional development conference for more than 100 teachers, parents, and college students. Members marketed the conference, served as guest speakers, sponsored students to attend and worked the registration booth.
"The advisory committee wanted our students to participate in group work so every faculty member stepped up and put group projects in very single class they teach," she said. Students are learning how to collaborate, how to accept different opinions and attitudes as well as how to engage in problem-solving and conflict resolution strategies.
Committee members also shared their time, expertise and experiences with ECD students by serving as mentors and guest speakers in ECD classes.
"The program is truly honored and grateful to have a committee that shows its dedication, commitments, energy and passion to the college and the students through their services," said Dr. Dudley.
Tri-County offers a certificate and diploma in Early Childhood Development and an associate degree in Occupational Technology with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development.